Nigeria Challenger Builds Vote Lead

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By Patrick McGroarty in Lagos, Nigeria, and Heidi Vogt in Yola, Nigeria Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari built a wide lead in Nigeria's elections on Monday, raising the prospect of a 1980s-era strongman being elected to lead the promising but ...

Asian Shares Rise

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, maintaining the positive momentum from Monday's Shanghai-led rally and Wall Street overnight. Australian shares were helped by growing expectations for an earlier interest-rate cut by the Australian central bank. Australia's S&P;/ASX200 was up 1.4% ...

Jay Z Enters Music-Streaming Wars With Tidal

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By John Jurgensen Jay Z isn't the only star with a stake in the streaming-music company he recently bought. On Monday, the rapper was flanked on stage by more than a dozen fellow equity owners, including Beyoncé, Kanye West and ...

On State Budget, City Won a Few But Awaits Action

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By Michael Howard Saul Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday described the tentative deal on the state budget as "reasonably good" for New York City, but his aides said there was disappointment on homelessness funding and concern that action on ...

Nigeria Challenger Builds Vote Lead

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By Patrick McGroarty in Lagos, Nigeria, and Heidi Vogt in Yola, Nigeria Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari built a wide lead in Nigeria's elections on Monday, raising the prospect of a 1980s-era strongman being elected to lead the emerging but ...

UnitedHealth to Buy Catamaran for $12.8 Billion in Cash

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By Anna Wilde Mathews and Joseph Walker UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s deal to acquire Catamaran Corp. for about $12.8 billion in cash will bulk up its pharmacy-benefit business amid growing concern from employers and insurers about the rising costs of cutting-edge ...

Singapore February Bank Loans S$603.52 Billion Vs S$607.47 Billion in January

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By Gaurav Raghuvanshi SINGAPORE--The Monetary Authority of Singapore Tuesday released the following provisional bank lending data for February, 2015: February Year Earlier January Total S$603.52 Bln S$584.47 Bln S$607.47 Bln Housing/Bridge S$178.38 Bln S$168.17 Bln S$178.27 Bln Professionals & Private ...

New Zealand ANZ March Business Confidence +35.8%; Feb +34.4%

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand business confidence pushed higher in March as firms' own activity expectations, employment and investment intentions remain elevated. "Headline confidence, firms' own activity expectations, profit expectations, and employment and investment intentions all increased, seasonally ...

Dollar Steady Against Yen Despite Seasonal Repatriation Demand

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar remained steady against the yen in Asian trade Tuesday, with some investors betting on the underlying strength of the U.S. currency despite downward pressure from the seasonal repatriation of profits by Japanese firms at the ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Rallies Against Euro, Yen Ahead Of Jobs Report

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 31, 2015

By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch , Hiroyuki Kachi NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--The dollar gained ground against the yen and the euro on Monday, with analysts saying the advance was amplified by thinner trading in a holiday-shortened week. The dollar (USDJPY) was at ...

Merger That Came to Aid of Knight Capital Struggles

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

By Bradley Hope Every Monday morning for the past 20 months, Daniel Coleman has stepped off his private jet from Alabama and straight into a storm. The southerner is chief executive of KCG Holdings Inc., the New Jersey-based company that ...

Cuomo, New York Lawmakers Reach a Budget Deal

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

By Mike Vilensky And Erica Orden ALBANY--New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders struck a deal late Sunday evening for a $142 billion state budget that will implement new income-disclosure policies for lawmakers and changes to the teacher-evaluation process ...

Greece to Dominate European Markets

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

By Josie Cox Greece looks set to dominate European markets in a short trading week, with the country facing a deadline to submit its latest reform proposals Monday. Officials from Athens were in Brussels over the weekend to present proposals ...

China Shares Higher on Easing Hopes, but Fed Uncertainty Weighs--Update

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

By Gregor Stuart Hunter and Brad Frischkorn Chinese stocks jumped higher Monday after policy makers signaled the country has room to ease monetary policy to boost sluggish growth, while Australian stocks were knocked by falling commodity prices. The Shanghai Composite ...

Eurozone Business Confidence Jumps in March

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

By Paul Hannon Businesses and consumers across the eurozone became more optimistic about their prospects in March, reflecting lower oil prices, a weaker euro, and the hope that the European Central Bank's new program of quantitative easing will prove decisive ...

Iran Talks Keep Crude-Oil Futures Under Pressure

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

HONG KONG--Talks over a possible relaxation of sanctions against Iran that may increase global oil supplies kept crude-oil futures near a week's low Monday, while a supply disruption due to Saudi airstrikes on Yemen looked increasingly unlikely. On the New ...

Polish Rate Setter Sees No Sense in Further Easing

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

By Patryk Wasilewski WARSAW--Poland's economy is unlikely to benefit from further monetary easing and cutting rates deeper would only force the central bank to reverse the move sooner, Monetary Policy Council member Andrzej Bratkowski writes Monday. Mr. Bratkowski was one ...

Yoox Confirms It Is in Talks With Net-A-Porter

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

By John Revill ZURICH--Italian online fashion retailer Yoox SpA said Monday that it was in talks about a possible "business combination" with Net-A-Porter, the Web-based clothing seller owned by luxury giant Cie. Financière Richemont SA. In a statement, Milan-based Yoox ...

Teva to Acquire Auspex in $3.2 Billion Deal

TODAY: March 31, 2015 PUB DATE: March 30, 2015

By Tess Stynes Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. agreed to acquire Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a deal valued at roughly $3.2 billion, increasing the Israel-based drug maker's presence in the market for treatments for central nervous system disorders. Teva is offering ...